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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dotterel  \Dot"ter*el\,  a.  [Cf.  {Dottard}.] 
  Decayed.  ``Some  old  dotterel  trees.''  [Obs.]  --Ascham. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dotterel  \Dot"ter*el\,  n.  [From  {Dote},  v.  i.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  European  bird  of  the  Plover  family 
  ({Eudromias,  or  Charadrius,  morinellus}).  It  is  tame  and 
  easily  taken  and  is  popularly  believed  to  imitate  the 
  movements  of  the  fowler. 
 
  In  catching  of  dotterels  we  see  how  the  foolish  bird 
  playeth  the  ape  in  gestures.  --  Bacon. 
 
  Note:  The  ringed  dotterel  (or  ring  plover)  is  {Charadrius 
  hiaticula}. 
 
  2.  A  silly  fellow;  a  dupe;  a  gull.  --Barrow. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dotterel 
  n  :  rare  plover  of  upland  areas  of  Eurasia  [syn:  {dotrel},  {Charadrius 
  morinellus},  {Eudromias  morinellus}] 




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